Praying the Divine Hours
Holy Week prayers and Easter prayers to aid your daily spiritual practice for Holy Week.
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God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
The Cry of the Church
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.
The Lord's Prayer
The Prayer Appointed for the Day
Assist me mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that I may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. †
The Concluding Prayer of the Church
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that I may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrec-tion; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †
(To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
The Call to Prayer
Come, let us sing to the LORD;* let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving* and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God,* and a great King above all gods.
In his hands are the caverns of the earth,* and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,* and his hands have molded the dry land.
The Request for Presence
May God give us his blessing,* and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.
You, O LORD,are a shield about me;* you are my glory, the one who lifts up my head.
The Refrain for the Midday Lessons